D’s Delightful Tomato Sauce

21 Oct

For the longest time, in our household, we purchased all of our tomato sauce ready-made. One glorious day, D. decided to try making his own. “After all it’s cheaper,” he said. Well, not only is it cheaper, but it’s bright, aromatic and absolutely delicious. It beats any other sauce out there. I guarantee it!

I have asked him, and he generously agreed  to share his recipe with EVA followers. (Actually, he got very serious to make sure we got it JUST RIGHT – it was adorable.)

Try it on a home made pizza, in a lasagna, or over your favorite pasta concoction.

Peace and good eating,


D’s Delightful Tomato Sauce


28 oz can diced tomatoes

6 oz can tomato paste

1/4 tsp dried basil

1/4 tsp + 1/8 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/2 sweet onion, diced

1 Tbs olive oil

8 cremini or button mushrooms, chopped

8 leaves fresh basil, chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely minced

1/4 tsp cayenne


Pour can of diced tomatoes and tomato paste into a non-stick saucepan. Add 1/4 tsp dried basil and oregano, 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer.

In the meantime, dry cook the onions on a cast-iron skillet until browned (note from D: It’s OK, even better if they are slightly burned, they add more flavor.) Add 1 Tbs olive oil to de-glaze the onions. Add in this order, mushrooms, fresh basil, 1/8 tsp dried oregano, garlic and cayenne. Saute for ~ 10 seconds, until the garlic just gets aromatic (don’t burn it) and add to the simmering tomato sauce.

Reduce sauce for about 45 min-1 hour on low-medium heat covered. If you want it to go faster, keep the lid off. Reduce it more if you are planning on using it for a pizza sauce.

Keeps well in the fridge in a jar for about a week (that’s the longest we’ve ever been able to keep it without eating it, so that’s all we can vouch for) and gets even more intense in flavor.


One Response to “D’s Delightful Tomato Sauce”


  1. Eggplant Lasagna « The Experimental VegAna - October 21, 2009

    […] tomato sauce for serving (I used D’s Delightful Tomato Sauce.) […]

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